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  1. Number95

    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    I'm pretty back and forth about the new generation. On one hand, I wouldn't mind checking it out since it wouldn't be FIM. On the other hand, it is set in the same universe - albeit so many years later that the Mane 6 have become a distant memory - but this just means that will will still have some influence from FIM, which is something I don't want in a new MLP show At least the new show doesn't have a high bar to clear. However, neither did FIM, and look how that turned out. In any case, good luck this generation, MLP. You'll probably need it. I'd say Celestia was wasted even within the first 3 seasons, and Luna was also wasted. Twilight herself was even affected since she was only able to prove her prowess when her competitors were sidelined, and the show even tried to make seem so humble about her status while also flaunting her superiority over others. And the lore behind alicorns was also wasted even though Twilight was one for a majority of the show. I'm so irritated that Starlight was able to become a main character while the characters that were neglected were still sidelined. I would presumable that Starlight came along because the creative team wanted to change the status quo and have a new main character for the established main characters to interact with, but they already had a number of characters to fill that niche. And they pulled the same bullshit again with the School and Student 6, further leaving behind the neglected characters and other good ideas. And compounding my irritation was the show going having so many episodes, so they obviously had more than enough time to give attention to the ideas that were already neglected. I think that it would be inevitable for some number of things to never get explored since new answers would also conjure new questions, but that's no excuse to not bother answering the old questions. This just makes the show feel so incomplete despite running so long. I have to wonder how the show would have turned out if it were an episodic comedy sort of like Spongebob or Hey Arnold! Maybe it wouldn't look as ambitious as there's no lore or mystery to unravel, but a show doesn't need to be ambitious to be good as MLP was better with its slice-of-life episodes. Hell, I probably wouldn't complain about lack of continuity if the episodes were also funny.
  2. Number95

    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    I'm probably just restating something from a discussion we had at some point, but I would still say that the creative team did care and put their heart and souls into their work. Even the result of the final episode suggests as such. Of course, all that doesn't equate to a great product, and they still didn't know what they were doing. And there's one more thing I'd like to add about my comment about the Mane 6 not rehearsing for Twilight's coronation. I would assume that they would want Twilight's big day to be successful, so that's more reason for them to practice for their roles. Thus, the apparent lack of preparation also becomes more baffling.
  3. Number95

    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    The Last Problem The final episode of the show, and it’s something of an epilogue as it starts some number of years into the future, and Twilight’s efforts have paid off as various species of creatures coexist peacefully in Equestria. And there’s even a statue of the Mane 6 in Canterlot. Spike is bigger and more physically developed, and while he looks fine, Twilight’s new alicorn model looks awful. It’s an awkward fusion of Princess Celestia’s body and Twilight’s color scheme, and it instead looks like bad fanart. The most awkward parts of Twilight are definitely the mane and tail, and while they flow similarly to the ones that the alicorn sisters got, but they’re also angular like her old model. The results resemble wet paper towels being blown by the wind. The artists should have instead made Twilight’s mane and tail flow completely instead of this weird mix of her old and new model, but on the other hand, I don’t know how well that would turn out since it would just be Celestia’s mane and tail with the color scheme from Twilight’s mane and tail. Admittedly, Twilight never previously appeared as an older alicorn in the show, so maybe my averseness to this design is simply due to lack of familiarity. However, the current result is still Princess Celestia’s body with Twilight’s color scheme and flowing wet paper towels. It’s as bad as it sounds, and I have no idea how Twilights older alicorn model should look. Strangely, I’m not against older Spike keeping his voice even though it should be much deeper by now. As for the episode, Twilight has her own personal student, Luster Dawn, and the show is keeping up with the naming convention. Luster doesn’t want to stick around at the School of Magic (is that the school Twilight previously went to?) because her curriculum has plenty of emphasis on friendship, which she feels is useless not unlike how her mentor felt early in the show. She would rather continue gaining knowledge and passing it onto others even if that might mean opening up a new school. Did she feel she has learned enough of anything/everything to teach many others? And I hope she put enough thought into the logistics of her current plan (especially if it involves opening a new school) because I have no idea how she plans to go about it. Additionally, Luster Dawn thinks that friendship is worthless since it might not even last forever if Twilight is anything to go by. According to her, Twilight has been ruling Equestria by herself, so even the Princess of Friendship isn’t showing any immediate or obvious benefits of her own philosophy. Those are some fair questions, and Twilight decides to answer with a flashback set right around the time of her coronation. Twilight is nervous, and it’s not because she’s about to become the new (and better) ruler of Equestria, but because she has to leave Ponyville. As she will no longer be living in the same city with her friends, she’s afraid of becoming distant from them. She can still write letters and visit, and since she’s such a powerful mage, she could teleport to them and maybe even use a spell to conjure their version of a video chat. Also, long-distance relationships exist. However, she is only beginning to live a life where her friends aren’t immediately present, which will be a new and alien life to her, so her nervousness isn’t nonsensical. Spike suggests talking to her friends about this feeling since they will also be affected. This will no doubt be another example of the anticipation being worse than the actual result, but we must still see how the rest of the episode unfolds. On a sidenote, she brought up a newspaper that highlights their battle from the previous episode. So, how has this newspaper not previously mentioned the return of Princess Luna? Anyways, Twilight visits each of her friends who are all preparing for their participation in Twilight’s coronation, and they don’t seem to be fazed by the change of status quo, which she finds off-putting. A number of them have already accepted this as change is always a part of life. Twilight is back at her castle and feels dejected about her friends feeling seemingly indifferent about this change. When her friends visit to say their farewell as Twilight is about to board the train to Canterlot (her friends apparently wouldn’t be able to stick around for the train ride as they are not done preparing for their roles in the coronation), Twilight finally vents her frustrations about their apparent indifference. Unsurprisingly, her friends are also feeling uneasy the change in status quo. They wanted to focus on their jobs and not make a big deal about this change so they wouldn’t end up wallowing in their own self-pity like Twilight was doing. And now comes the scene where they all cry and express their sadness. Some of them are worried about no longer keeping in touch, and that would only be a problem if one doesn’t actually try to keep in touch. Otherwise, you’d end up with another dumbass like Starlight. Twilight unsurprisingly feels relieved about her friends also feeling as she does, which means they can and should work on a solution to this problem. However, there is no time for this as Twilight still has a train to catch. Starlight even appears briefly to give Twilight a present, but the Mane 6 accidentally knock her aside during their hastiness. It turns out they missed the train, so Twilight decides to teleport the entire group into the train. None of them were carrying luggages, so why not teleport them to Canterlot? I can understand that they would still want to spend some quality time together with a trip, but that can still be achieved by traveling through Canterlot. Also, I can’t help but feel irritated about the episode trivializing the problem since Twilight was never risking lateness if she could immediately teleport to her destination. Of course, just because one can teleport doesn’t mean that managing time, keeping on top of one’s schedule, and being on time are useless virtues, but that doesn’t stop me from feeling annoyed about an episode bringing up a problem only to quickly trivialize it. Also, don’t Twilight’s friends have still work to do? Why did she Twilight teleport them onto the train as well? Rarity even notes being behind with designing Twilight’s gown even though the gown should be finished before the day of the event as rush jobs can be stressful and messy. AJ wonders if Big Mac knows the products their clients are supposed to receive, and it turns out that he doesn’t. Why weren’t the crates and list properly written or marked? Did AJ relay any instructions to him? Did they communicate anything about their jobs to each other? Apparently not, which makes them rather lousy at their jobs. RD was supposed to meet up with the Wonderbolts back at Cloudsdale, which she was unable to do since Twilight teleported her onto the train, and when she does fly off to meet them at Cloudsdale, it turns out the Wonderbolts left for Canterlot as they thought RD was already there due to not showing up. Fluttershy was supposed to get food for some of her performing animals, which she was also unable to carry out as she was also teleported. I don’t know why Twilight screwed her friends over for the sake of quality time, so teleporting the entire group to Canterlot would also have been a stupid move from the start. The train even gets stopped due to some sheep crossing the tracks, which causes Twilight to be late to Canterlot anyways. And why didn’t she teleport her way there like she did previously in regards to the train? If this is reading like a confusing series of contrived problems, that’s because this is a confusing series of contrived problems. Eventually, Twilight meets up in a disheveled state with the alicorn sisters, but at least she arrived to her coronation on time. Rarity immediately arrives afterward with a completed gown for Twilight, and I have to ask again: Shouldn’t Rarity have completed this gown well before the event? I can respect that she wants Twilight’s outfit to look better than perfect, but this is why managing time, keeping on top of one’s schedule, and being on time are useful and important virtues. I know not everyone will be perfect in any of those regards, but Rarity certainly shouldn’t finish creating Twilight’s outfit right when the coronation starts. The sisters begin the ceremony with a speech, and Celestia even stated that the duo has “ruled [the] land for quite some time.” That’s quite the understatement in the case of Celestia. Too bad neither (especially Celestia) have done anything useful during their reign, which is pretty sad when comparing their (lack of) accomplishments to Twilight who has done far more for Equestria while not being a ruler. As Twilight steps forward to present herself, she trips over her own dress, making a rather embarrassing first impression. Too bad she didn’t know to lift up her dress or watch her step. Celestia and Luna fuse their tiaras to give to Twilight, and I’m surprised they would be able to do that since they’re both weak and incompetent mages. Then again, Luna isn’t nearly as bad as Celestia, so maybe Luna did all the work during the fusion. Luna also notices spiders crawling around Twilight, which resulted from Rarity inadvertently catching the spiders onto Twilight’s outfit while hastily dressing up the latter. The outfit was even created with help from said spiders, and this example is one reason why you wouldn’t want to be late with creating an outfit. Obviously, all of this (and Big Mac messing up the orders) will result in a disastrous coronation, not that it would actually cause much trouble even in the long term whether or not the show glorified Twilight, but I’d rather continue detailing the events. Anyways, Luna notices the spiders on Twilight, and I wonder why Luna just didn’t carry of the spiders with her own magic. The spiders get into conflict with Fluttershy’s animals, the Wonderbolts perform without RD’s consent as the latter was running late, Gummy sets off the fireworks too early, and thus all of the participants get into conflict with each other with the incorrect foods being served due to Big Mac’s mistake. It doesn’t take long before everyone realizes that the coronation was a disaster, and this is because nobody bothered to rehearse the event. A rehearsal would have reminded each performer and/or instructor when to participate so there would be another means of communication between the different parties. Luster Dawn assumed that the result of the event caused the Mane 6 to drift apart, which is obviously not the case. Personally, I can’t imagine a disastrous execution of an event actually hurting anyone or their relationships unless reputations were also damaged and never recovered. And since Twilight is so much better than her predecessors and pretty much everyone else, she could only damage her own reputation by going out of her way to fuck it up. It isn’t long before Twilight’s friends show up to prove Luster Dawn being wrong about her assessment of friendship. They’ve all grown up, and some have even started their own families, but they still meet and greet periodically. The most notable detail indicating their older age would be the bags under their eyes, so they’re not too far from Granny Smith’s age during the show’s main setting. However, Twilight isn’t showing her age as much as her friends, so she’ll definitely outlive them. Pinkie seems to have married Cheese Sandwich as she has a filly named Lil Cheese who’s also carrying a rubber chicken. Rarity is still expanding her business and has even reached the land of the yaks. AJ and RD appear to be married or are living together at least as they’re talking about chores at home. Obligatory comment about Ashleigh Ball talking to and/or marrying herself during this exchange. AJ is still at her farm while RD has adopted Spitfire’s hairstyle and might even be in charge of the Wonderbolts. Fluttershy is the last to appear, and she’s still hanging with Discord. Interestingly, Starlight doesn’t show up. I don’t particularly care about Starlight, but I still find this exclusion odd because she became a main character after season 5 and was around when Twilight announced her establishment of the Council of Friendship. And there’s also nothing to indicate that Starlight was ever excluded or expelled from this little club. But the story of the flashback isn’t quite done yet. The Mane 6 laugh about the event going wrong as it will just be another event in their lives they can entertain themselves and others (especially each other) with when relaying it. Starlight appears and gives Twilight a present, which is a magical photo album chock full of reused footage and with input from each of the Mane 6. While Twilight is elated about being able to look back and remember past memories, she still wants this circle of friendship to continue, so she creates this Council of Friendship and also suggests that they meet once per moon to catch up with each other. I would also like to think that they would hang out with each other from time to time outside of this meeting because there’s nothing stopping that from happening. Celestia and Luna arrive to give their farewell before departing to Silver Shoals, and according to the MLP Wiki, it’s a residential area located next to a body of water. Even though the sisters are stepping down, they are still offering help if needed, but it’s far more likely that the sisters will just call and ask for help with chores. The sisters even hope that the Mane 6 will visit them, but why would the Mane 6 want to waste their time hanging with or do chores for a pair of idiots? Despite the relationship between Celestia and Twilight even looking familial at times, the show has done absolutely nothing with that idea, so I don’t even see a reason for Twilight herself to visit her former mentor. Luster Dawn finally understands how her concern about friendship is handled and now sees its value after hearing Twilight’s story. According to AJ, the friends have been using this council to rule Equestria, so I wonder how many citizens are actually aware of the political power of influence that Twilight’s friends have. For that matter, are their political positions even public knowledge? Rarity even adds that new threats have still popped up, and the Mane 6 are still around to answer them. I’m irritated yet again about the alicorn sisters still being useless since the creative team would still allow the Mane 6 to deal with problems but couldn’t be bothered to give the same kind of respect toward the sisters at any point. On another sidenote, the episode conveys the “friendship isn’t easy but is worth fighting for” idea better than “The Return of Harmony”. With Luster now wanting to make friends, Twilight pulls the same move as her own mentor and sends Luster to Ponyville. The episode concludes itself and the entire show with a song at Ponyville, and a number of ideas have been confirmed through this sequence such as Pinkie Pie being married to Cheese Sandwich and RD leading the Wonderbolts. They even visit the School of Friendship, and it turns out Starlight and Sunburst are both running the school. We get a number of cameos as well, and I don’t really care to point out the background ponies that online fans are attached to. We do see Trixie, the Student 6, and the CMC at the school, and Scootaloo is teaching a class. Scootaloo’s wings are also still undeveloped, so it looks like the creators have pretty much confirmed that she’s disabled without directly saying so, which is not bad. I wouldn’t be surprised if Scootaloo’s wing condition was discussed in an earlier episode that I haven’t seen, and I don’t care to find out. After the song, Luster goes off to mingle with other creatures from the school. The final shot of the show is of the older Mane 6 and Spike looking at the audience, and the camera zooms out to show the book from the very first shot of the very first episode closing. Obligatory comment from me about the book being rather lame, underwhelming, and wasteful. Overall, I’m mixed about the quality of the episode. I actually like the ideas behind the episode with the Mane 6 still having their own individual lives to live, so they’ll inevitably go their separate ways as they also have different interests and goals. I like the Mane 6 still actively keeping in touch with each other as the episode shows that friendship requires input from each party. And of course, just because the Mane 6 aren’t always together doesn’t mean that they don’t care about each other. There are some other good touches such as AJ wearing Granny Smith’s scarf, pretty much confirming that the latter died at some point. There are some bits to look at when pausing the episode. There are plenty of cameos, and Capper and Tempest can be seen attending Twilight’s coronation. Where’s Skystar, by the way? At the beginning of the episode, Twilight and Luster walk by some stained-glass windows that showcased events happening after the coronation. Too bad I’m not interested in those events. An older Flurry Heart can also be seen in one of the windows. Equestria is in a better position than ever with plenty of diversity, and the Mane 6 are still handling threats to the country. If one was ever doubting Twilight’s ability to follow up on her predecessors, this episode confirms that Equestria has been better than ever under Twilight. I mean, she was already better than her predecessors before becoming an alicorn, and I know the writers would never be able to say or prove that the other alicorns were ever useful. I’m just tired of seeing the show glorify Twilight while also trying to make her modest, and this only makes her modesty artificial. This is more of a flaw of the show instead of the episode. If you’ve read my recap of the coronation and the circumstances surrounding it, it’s obvious that I felt the story in the flashback was handled pretty sloppily. It wouldn’t My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic if the show doesn’t stumble with a good idea. For starters, I actually do like the idea of Twilight’s coronation getting screwed up, and what could make that screw up even better is each of the Mane 6 contributing to the screw ups. Ultimately, this fiasco merely resulted in the friends having another event to remember fondly. There aren’t many better ways to commemorate such a momentous event than having it go wrong at every step. However, the real reason the coronation was such a disaster is because the event wasn’t rehearsed, and Rarity in particular was terribly behind in her work for whatever reason. Rehearsals would minimize the chances screw ups like this happening, and a professional fashion worker like Rarity wouldn’t want to have an outfit ready for an event right before the event starts. As a result, the disastrous coronation felt forced by the writers instead of natural or even coincidental because the Mane 6 had to purposefully act stupid or incompetent so a humorous screw up could be the result. On the other hand, having the Mane 6 rehearse the coronation would mean each of the ponies not being able to accidentally contribute to the disastrous coronation. One option I think might work would still involve a spider on Twilight that came from wherever, and that could still lead to a chain of events that causes each of the Mane 6 to miscommunicate. They would still be confused about the way the event is play out as it isn’t playing as rehearsed, but they have to go on ahead anyways as they’ve been given their cue and don’t want to screw up only to do so anyways. I’m not entirely sure about how a disastrous coronation should play out, but there could be better reasons than the Mane 6 being completely unprepared. Another bit I criticized was Twilight teleporting onto the train after missing it, but she didn’t teleport after the train was stalled. A character having a useful ability but properly utilizing it isn’t an uncommon problem in fiction, but it was still awkward to see the Mane 6 be concerned about a problem only for that problem to be trivialized shortly later. And then a similar problem arises, but the previous approach wasn’t taken. I have no idea how this could be tweaked if the writers wanted the possibility of lateness to weigh on the characters. Maybe not teleporting at all could be the answer so the episode could be consistent about Twilight not wanting to teleport. However, I’ll still criticize Twilight teleporting her friends away from their jobs even though the characters were concerned about still having jobs to complete. It’s another bit of forced incompetence on the characters. As for Luster Dawn, I don’t care about her as she doesn’t do anything truly noteworthy. Her real purpose was to be someone for Twilight to talk to and indirectly provide answers for Twilight’s new position. Another reason I don’t care for her is because I don’t know why Twilight would want her own personal student. It made sense with Princess Celestia as Twilight needed help honing her magic, and I guess Celestia felt like she could teach other things to Twilight if they were gonna see each other for more than a while. So, what did Twilight see in Luster Dawn? The answer may be for the viewers to decide, but that doesn’t stop me from saying that Luster doesn’t serve any useful purpose. The ultimate fates of the other alicorns aren’t mentioned, but it’s not like they’re important to the show. Knowing the writers, the alicorn sisters might as well be murdered on their way to Silver Shoals. Since the writers like Luna better, she was given a quick and merciful death. Celestia is probably getting tortured for an eternity with no one ever being aware of her fate and no hope of escape. Cadance (and Shining Armor) simply vanished. It won’t be long before Flurry Heart also vanishes. How appropriate for the final episode of the show to be a metaphor about my overall feelings of the show: there are some things I liked about it, and there are some good ideas, but the good ideas have sloppy execution. I don’t want to talk too much about the show overall as this ramble is just for the final episode of the show itself instead of the entire show. Still, if I had to describe my feelings about the show, the show may not be terrible, but it is terribly wasteful.
  4. Number95

    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    On the contrary, I had no expectations for the show other than wanting the show to be competent and know what it's talking about. On the other hand, you could say that my "headcanan" would have the show being competent and know what it's talking about, and in that regard, the show didn't match my "headcanon".
  5. Number95

    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    Tirek wants more magical power and to destroy everything while Cozy Glow and Chrysalis want to conquer Equestria. As for Nightmare Moon, she had an interesting motivation, but that doesn't mean she was a good villain. Princess Luna felt unloved because ponies preferred to sleep during the night. Since that was all we were given, and since ponies are generally diurnal, even that motivation is questionable without expansion. And NIghtmare Moon wasn't exactly an impressive threat during the series premiere. In terms of threat level, the villain trio did well in the episode since they had plenty of magical power and proved to be threats. However, that didn't work out as well as it should have because of a persisting problem the show has when trying to present the ponies dealing with the threat. That's a fair point. Unity and respect isn't just about having common interests; it's also about being able to accept and even work with differences. And I suppose you're saying that there isn't enough to distinguish one creature race from another other than the others presumably being less familiar with friendship? I do find the "less familiar with friendship" stuff strange as it's a universal concept. Or at least getting help from others who aren't like yourself would be universal. The former two would never happen because the writers don't know what to do with the sisters in terms of their position as rulers. I don't think they would need to depict a real life example of a political job, but the problem the show has is that I don't even know what they're good for. Luna does have her dream powers, but she doesn't need that to be a ruler. Yes, I'll cover "The Last Problem". I don't know when I will get to it, but I will at some point.
  6. Number95

    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    The Ending of the End The villainous trio is carrying out their evil plan from the ending of “The Summer Sun Setback”. Chrysalis is even remarking about the ease in which she’s building distrust between the unicorn ponies and earth ponies. I can imagine at least a few of the unicorn ponies being paranoid or suspicious enough to immediately buy Chrysalis’s lie, but I’m surprised that there weren’t a few other ponies who heard of these rumors and tried to look into them, or at least ask about them because I don’t know why they would immediately accept whatever some random pony says without question. The trio decided on this plan to eliminate friendship from Equestria as they don’t want to be stopped by the magic of friendship yet again, and it’s too bad they don’t even know the reason behind the Mane 6’s victories. The actual concept of friendship has hardly ever been the reason for the Mane 6’s victories, and even if that wasn’t an issue, “The Cutie Re-Mark” flat-out states that only their friendship is essential to Equestria and no one else’s. And this isn’t taking into account the issues of weaponizing friendship. I also don’t know how they think the “love of Equestria” would help as they have never been helpful in prior episodes. It’s just another case of the show being inconsistent with itself yet again. Grogar’s Bell can absorb magic, and some of Grogar’s own magic is still trapped within the bell as stated in “Frenemies”, which I forgot about until I reread the transcript for that episode. Tirek uses a spell to transfer the magic from the bell to the trio, and Cozy Glow and Chrysalis even become alicorns during this process. They’ll no doubt make better use of its power than Celestia, Luna, or Cadance. Grogar returns with a plan to crash Twilight’s coronation, but the villainous trio ambushes him and steals his magic, turning Grogar into Discord. It turns out that Discord was Grogar all along, so I wonder what the fate of the original Grogar was. Discord immediately flees after losing his magic, and the trio decide that he isn’t worth chasing down since he’s no longer a threat to them. I have some comments about this twist, but I’ll save them for later. I’ll say for now that the twist ultimately doesn’t matter to me because the show screwed itself over beyond repair. Twilight is feeling ready and not panicky for her coronation, so good on her. She even created a royal advisor position for Spike because she still wants him at her side. They check on the setup for the ceremony with some of the Mane 6, and the streets are looking empty while the other ponies are acting paranoid and hostile. They chalk this strange attitude up to the possible nervousness of the alicorn sisters getting replaced, and this kind of nervousness would never make sense because Equestria’s new ruler has time and again already proven herself to be a superior replacement. Even if the pony citizens were ignorant about Twilight’s deeds and accomplishment, it wouldn’t take long before they realize that they’re better off with Twilight than Celestia and Luna. And those who say otherwise would be delusional. The ponies and Spike eventually catch up with Applejack and Pinkie Pie and learn that the two earth ponies are also witnessing hostility from and between other ponies. However, this investigation will get interrupted because Discord suddenly shows up and admits his actions as Grogar and recent loss of power. This gets reported to Celestia and Luna, and I’m surprised the Mane 6 would do this because they didn’t bother reporting Starlight from 4 seasons ago when there was every reason to do so. Discord tries to justify his actions and decisions by saying that Sombra’s defeat made Twilight more confident for her new role of ruler, but the other ponies unsurprisingly chew him out for doing something so dangerous. Twilight even thinks that her success against Sombra wasn’t authentic. The writers really fucked themselves over with this discussion over the authenticity of Twilight and friends’ successes. Sure, Discord planned to use himself to take care of the villains if things were to go awry, but the Mane 6 still blasted Sombra into oblivion without any direct input from Discord. Of course, since they now know that Discord was always going to be available as a failsafe, they couldn’t be sure if he just happened to weaken Sombra behind their backs, or knowing about Discord’s intervention could mean that they might have to rely on him to take care of threats. Nevermind the fact that Discord’s intervention has never been necessary anyways. However, like I said earlier, the writers ultimately fucked themselves over when discussing the authenticity of Twilight’s victories because they have never been authentic maybe outside of the series premiere with Nightmare Moon. In these kinds of 2-part episodes, the alicorn sisters would always get sidelined just so the Mane 6, especially Twilight, could look useful and/or competent. This problem became most prominent in “Twilight’s Kingdom” where Celestia had to screw everyone else over so Twilight would eventually be left on her own to prove her worth as an alicorn princess (i.e. better than the others). And the season 5 finale somehow made that problem even worse by saying that only the Mane 6’s friendship could help Equestria survive, which means no other pony could ever be as essential to Equestria as the Mane 6. Not helping is that the concept of friendship has almost never been essential to their victories even during episodes in which they tried to show that friendship is magic. In short, Twilight’s prowess has never been authentic. Celestia goes to Luna and Twilight so they could formulate a plan to deal with the villainous trio. Why the hell has Celestia never tried to come up with a plan in previous episodes before unloading her shit to Twilight? The answer doesn’t matter because Celestia ends up unloading her shit to Twilight again anyways as Twilight is the only one coming up with some kind of plan. Spike sends a letter to the pillars, Starlight and Trixie, and Cadance and Shining Armor to warn them about the villains. Twilight even ends this voiceover by calling this the “ultimate battle for the fate of Equestria”, which should sound intense and huge in scope, but it will never have that desired impact because the 2-part episodes of the show have never been good, and this one is no different. Meanwhile with the villain trio, the three are deciding whether to absorb or leave Discord’s magic in the bell. Cozy Glow volunteers to test the magic, but she doesn’t know how to use Discord’s power and finds herself unable to control it. The power gets absorbed by the bell again, and the three decide to simply jump straight to conquering Equestria. Tirek previously absorbed Discord’s power and didn’t suffer any ill effects, but he didn’t use the chaos magic. I’m surprised he didn’t decide to absorb the power for himself since he’s all about absorbing magic. We cut to Twilight giving out a motivational speech to her peers, saying that they have been able to beat whatever villains showed up. By “they”, she really just means herself and her friends for the most part. Why the hell is she also addressing this to the alicorn sisters and royal guards if they, especially the former, have never helped? Suddenly, Cozy Glow appears and zaps Twilight. The Pillars try to take on Tirek, but they inevitably lose while he also drains their magic. Those old ponies aren’t the main characters, and it’s pretty early into the episode, so why the fuck would they ever prevail against a major villain especially without the Mane 6? I’d bitch about them getting wasted, but this wastefulness and outcome were always inevitable. At the School of Friendship, Trixie evacuates herself and the students while Starlight confronts Chrysalis. Starlight teleports the two to a frozen wasteland, and she puts up a pretty decent resistance. Too bad the alicorn sisters never were never even given that kind of opportunity as a booby prize. Unsurprisingly, Chrysalis wins and wraps up Starlight in a chrysalis. Also unsurprisingly, the villains would be victorious because what would be the point of bringing them back only for them to immediately get tossed aside when they confront the good guys? Actually, this wouldn’t be different from the treatment that Celestia and Luna get. Back at Canterlot Castle, the unicorn guards try to retaliate to no success. Celestia and Luna also try to retaliate, but Cozy Glow just absorbs their magic with Grogar’s bell. I don’t know what would be worse between launching an attack only for it to immediately fail while losing their magic during the process or Cozy Glow simply deflecting their attacks and then zapping the sisters into submission. It turns out that Twilight planned a pretty good surprise attack with her friends because they keep surprising Cozy Glow at every turn and eventually knock her into the ground before Tirek and Chrysalis barge into the castle. Why the fuck did this plan not incorporate Princess Celestia and Luna? And why the fuck are Celestia and Luna never allowed to be this competent? Tirek and Chrysalis explain that they’ve been causing discord between the other ponies, and now that the Mane 6 have been pushed into a corner, there won’t be any friendship left in Equestria to fight back against the villains. The three villains try to attack Twilight, but Rarity levitates and tosses a boulder them as a desperate bit of resistance. See? Even Rarity, a generally noncombative pony, gets to do be helpful. Why weren’t the alicorn sisters given this opportunity, especially in previous episodes? The villains then launch a big blast at the group only for Twilight to block their attack with a bigger boulder. The other ponies, Spike, and Discord order her to ditch them so she could create a new plan to deal with the villains. Could Twilight simultaneously teleport herself and her friends away, or would that have been too much for one teleportation spell? Actually, Twilight is one of the most powerful spellcasting ponies, so she should always have been able to teleport herself and her friends away. Part 2. Twilight’s friends, the pillars, and the alicorn sisters are imprisoned. The pillars have lost their magic as Tirek absorbed it, and the alicorn sisters’ magic was absorbed by Grogar’s bell. Starlight is also there, and there’s nothing to suggest that her magic is also gone, so why wasn’t it absorbed by Tirek or the bell? I’m also surprised Cadance and Shining Armor aren’t already. Sure, they haven’t received much screentime so far, but they aren’t exactly major characters in the episode, so it would make sense to lump them up with the rest of the prisoners. Cozy Glow wants the alicorn magic that was recently absorbed into the bell. Another bit of confirmation that Celestia and Luna are supposed to be powerful but always get swept to the side because the writers are idiots. Anyways, since Cozy Glow was interested in gaining more raw power, she quickly gets into conflict with Tirek and Chrysalis as they would also want more power to conquer Equestria. Meanwhile with the Mane 6, Discord apologizes for letting his plan go sideways and instead accidentally helping the villains, and he wants to atone for his mistake. He attempts this by offering the villain trio to learn how to use his chaotic power if the Mane 6 are spared. However, Tirek isn’t so trusting about this offer, and neither is Discord after recalling “Twilight’s Kingdom”. Discord eventually taunts Tirek into launching a magical blast which gets reflected off a rock that Discord was holding. The rock is supposed to be the same one from Chrysalis’s old lair that absorbs and nullifies magic, and these rocks were also transported to Canterlot Castle in “Sparkle’s Seven” for warding off magical intruders. I don’t know how the rock could deflect magic instead of absorbing it. Making this scene even weirder is that the reflected magic was able to somehow destroy the magic-nullifying rock on Starlight’s cage. Starlight breaks herself out, and then she launches a magical wave to free the other prisoners. So, let’s recap this scene. The special rock from Chrysalis’s old lair is supposed to dampen any magical abilities so the prisoners could remain imprisoned, but Discord was able to grab a piece of that rock to deflect a magical attack from Tirek, and that deflected attack eventually destroyed another piece of the nullifying rock comprising Starlight’s cage. Starlight’s magical wave somehow broke out the other prisoners even though that special rock should have prevented her attack from even reaching the other prisoners. The writers somehow lost me again. Starlight gets zapped, and the alicorn sisters jump to her defense. Celestia even offers to help stall the villains in spite of not having any magic. Why the fuck did she never offer to help during other crises when she did have her powers? Fuck you, writers. Fuck you all for never being able to determine the alicorn sisters’ abilities, especially in the case of Princess Celestia. The depowered Discord and Pillars also offer their help to stall the villains while the remaining Mane 6 find Twilight. Being the last 2-part episode of the series would mean that the writers want to end everything on a grander scale such as having side characters getting involved in the action, but this just means that there was never a reason to exclude them previously when they were so easily available. If it were ponies like Mr. and Mrs. Cake (and Rarity earlier in the episode) putting up resistance instead, then that could be truly noteworthy as even the noncombative ponies are taking action to defend themselves and their homes. But the episode can’t even pull that off in a genuine manner because it still has that nagging problem of the alicorn sisters’ uselessness and helplessness in this episode and prior ones. The remaining Mane 6 escape from Canterlot Castle, and they finally see that the pony citizens have been split into helping ponies of the same races. They eventually figure out that Twilight is at the Crystal Empire because Cadance and Shining Armor are supposed to be the last line of defense according to Twilight’s plan. So, the villains haven’t considered going to the Crystal Empire beforehand even though there are some important ponies in that area. Whatever. I’m not in the mood to quibble over this detail. Anyways, Twilight is feeling discouraged about trying to find a solution to this problem because she doesn’t think that anything she tries will work in the long term as some of the major villains they have dealt with eventually came back to cause worse problems including Sombra destroying the Tree of Harmony back at the beginning of the season. Not helping is that the ponies of Equestria are divided, so she doesn’t think that her School of Friendship accomplished much, either. I would comment on Twilight’s plight, but it will get answered a little later, and I will comment on it then. Then the Mane 6 suddenly find Windigos appearing as a result of this division. Twilight initially refuses to take action as she her confidence is still at an all-time low, but AJ deflects Twilight’s plight by saying life will always be full of problems, and approaching those problems is the only way to fix them. Twilight still doesn’t think she’s up to the task because she never even noticed that the pony citizens were being divided, and she should be able to notice such obvious problems as a ruler. Is this yet another attempt at trying to make Twilight measure up to her predecessors? Celestia and Luna never noticed this either, and they’ve never noticed any other kinds of trouble in Equestria during previous seasons until the Mane 6 discover them. And this isn’t considering that the sisters never did anything about the troubles that have occurred since the beginning of the show. This scene is supposed to be about Twilight trying to pick herself back up after falling so low, but that was always going to ring hollow since the show has always gone out of its way to portray her as better than her competitors even when she was at her lowest. And even though she has stumbled into a very steep obstacle, at least she’s given the chance to deal with it unlike the other princesses who never get such a chance to solve their own problems. Oh, and there’s small discussion about the power and magic of friendship, but I don’t want to repeat my thoughts from “The Cutie Re-Mark” yet again. In short, the show undermined whatever meaning it wanted to draw from this scene long before the scene itself was ever conceived. Cadance and Shining Armor even appear for a short moment to offer their help, but Twilight rejects their help because they need to protect Flurry Heart as she is Equestria’s truly final line of defense. Somehow, Twilight wasn’t counting Cadance and Shining Armor with Flurry Heart as that final line of defense even though the married couple aren’t being incorporated into Twilight’s new plan. Or has Twilight also realized how useless those two are? She’s actually better off accepting their help since protecting Flurry Heart and protecting Equestria aren’t mutually exclusive, but this is My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, a show in which the side characters who should be helpful aren’t because the writers suck at making use of them while also sucking at trying to make genuine points with its main characters. I mean, Twilight even pointed out the Mane 6’s list of huge jobs to take care of, and somehow it’s up to only them specifically to take care of those jobs because who else should, could, or would it be up to? What a paradox of problems. Next scene, the Mane 6 approach Canterlot Castle to confront the villains who were already done with the ponies (and Discord) that put up some resistance. Cozy Glow attempts to zap the Mane 6, but Twilight teleports herself and her friends away. So, Twilight could have escaped with her friends at the end of Part 1. Whatever, I’m also not in the mood to nitpick this detail. Anyways, Twilight, RD, and Pinkie attempt to distract the villains so the AJ, Rarity, Fluttershy, and Spike could take Grogar’s bell. The villain trio didn’t need to bring along the bell as they don’t need it nearby to use their own powers, but whatever again. Too bad the villains eventually notice this plan and attempt to attack the others. Chrysalis even attempts to blast Spike, but Rarity blocks the attack with a barrier. The scene even shows Rarity struggling and sweating to stop Chrysalis, which is admittedly not a bad bit of detail to show that Rarity doesn’t usually engage in magical combat. See? It is possible to give other ponies some action like the episode has done twice with Rarity. I know I’m just repeating myself ad nauseum, but it was definitely possible to do something like this with the alicorn sisters if the writers could so easily do this with Rarity. And I’ll be honest. I genuinely did like the bits with Rarity by themselves. It’s just too bad I couldn’t like them more because the show is so problematic that even the stuff that I should like ultimately don’t work for me because of the show’s inherent flaws. The Mane 6 put up some decent resistance, but they ultimately weren’t strong or fast enough to overcome the villains. The villain trio start charging up their attacks to blast the Mane 6 into oblivion, and the Mane 6 probably could have run or teleported away in the amount of time it took for the villains to start attacking, but this kind of long buildup is too common in fiction to create some tension, so whatever. At least the Mane 6 were willing to huddle together and face their deaths without complaining. Overall, it’s not a bad scene. I just wished I could have cared more. However, the Mane 6 is being protected by a magical barrier not conjured up by Twilight. Suddenly, an army of ponies and other creatures (even including Tempest Shadow) emerge to back up the Mane 6, and the barrier was conjured up by the other unicorns and other magical creatures. The Mane 6 converse with their allies (and I’m also sure the other princesses don’t have any), and we get an exposition of background events. The pony citizens have also noticed the Windigos stirring up storms, but they were initially only interested in protecting other ponies of the same race and not others. However, there were at least a few ponies in each race that are still determined to help other kinds of ponies, and the non-ponies were also willing to help out Equestria as the ponies are their allies. Skystar and Novo also made cameos during Silverstream’s scene with the seaponies. Essentially, the other characters were inspired by the power of friendship from the Mane 6 and their school. This should have been a good scene with the idea of friendship, teamwork, trust, respect, and unity all synergizing together to overcome problems and obstacles that multiple groups might face even simultaneously. Then I recall “The Cutie Re-Mark”, and I continue to wonder if the writers ever knew what the hell they were talking about. The villain trio blast aside their immediate opposition, and then they face Twilight. She makes a speech about the power of friendship while teleporting the pillars, Starlight, Discord, and the alicorn sisters to her location. The pillars, Student Six, and the Mane 6 all rise to the sky (with Twilight above all of them figuratively and literally) and gather their inner magic of friendship and blast the Windigos away while also blasting the villains away of the power. It’s another unimpressive. Although the visual effect can look good, it still ends up being dull since there’s no final showdown. All that happens is one side shoots a big magical blast at the other, and the other side simply goes down. Discord takes the Bewitching Bell and restores his own and the alicorn sisters’ magic, and this trio then turns the villain trio into stone. Celestia congratulates Twilight of this victory and her upcoming role as new ruler of Equestria. And by the latter, she really means that Equestria will be better under Twilight than it could ever have been under anyone else. Twilight’s coronation won’t happen just yet as there isn’t much time left in the episode, and there’s one more episode left after this one. Also, the villains made a mess in Equestria, and that’s no way to host an important event. So, the Mane 6 and Spike hang at that donut shot in Canterlot as a way to relax after this ordeal. This episode was just another big and generic 2-part episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Well, it’s bigger, but it’s still another one and thus suffers from the same problems while hardly supporting whatever claims it wants to make. The alicorn sisters being sidelined yet again while Twilight’s “less powerful” friends are more competent was eye-rolling as always. Making this problem even stupider is that the alicorn sisters were able to provide minor help at some points in the episode, so why were they not allowed to do more in this episode or previous ones? Too bad Cadance and Shining Armor weren’t around during the final showdown. They initially dealt with Chrysalis at the end of season 2, and while the scene wasn’t done well, at least they were given something to do. Then they just became rather generic characters who were allegedly powerful but never saw much action because the writers also didn’t know what to do with them. It doesn’t help that they would also have a bone to pick with Chrysalis as she crashed their wedding, but it seems that the writers would much rather have her hold a grudge against Starlight even though the later was introduced much later into the show. See? The writers can also give new characters something to do as shown with Starlight. So, why were Cadance and Shining Armor neglected like the alicorn sisters? Twilight’s friends have their moments in this episode, and since this was about Twilight growing into her new role as ruler of Equestria, she would have a character arc in this episode. Too bad it wasn’t done well. I’ve explained myself earlier in this ramble, so I won’t repeat too much of it. Fundamentally, Twilight never had much to prove in this episode because she was always better than the other princesses throughout the entire show. As a result, her low point and then regaining confidence felt artificial and just something that exists in the episode to give a sense of a character arc. Of course, being a better protector and more competent mage than her fellow alicorns doesn’t mean she would be a good ruler, but we don’t even know what the job is like for Celestia (and maybe Luna if she ever did part of the ruling job) and how the job and Celestia affected each other. As such, with nothing else to go off of, Twilight is straight-up superior to Princess Celestia. And since Twilight is such a competent pony who is able to overcome her problems while Celestia is an idiot who tells others to solve her problems, Twilight would thus be a straight-up superior ruler of Equestria despite whatever nervousness and insecurities she might have. The writers attempted to incorporate the magic of friendship saving Equestria in this episode, but it was too little too late as “The Cutie Re-Mark” shoots down whatever this episode wanted to say. If it weren’t for this episode, then I’ll admit that this was not a bad display of friendship (and other virtues) overcoming problems, defeating the villains, and saving the day. At the very least, the scene was good in concept as showing characters helping each other out of genuine interest would be better at showing friendship. How would simply using magical items allegedly powered by friendship and other virtues to blast the villain without the characters making use of those virtues be a good display of the virtues’ effectiveness? However, since this is My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, even a scene that was supposed to be meaningful still stumbled in terms of execution. Ultimately, weaponizing friendship is still a bad idea for the same reasons I stated when talking about “The Beginning of the End”, so I won’t repeat much of that here. Funnily enough, this episode even carries some of the same problems from “The Cutie Re-Mark”. We have these huge cast of characters selflessly helping each other, but only a specific group of friends could deliver the final blow to the enemies as only their magic of friendship was good enough. That still puts specific kinds of friendship over others and thus wouldn’t truly convey the power of friendship. Now, I’ll talk about that Discord-being-Grogar twist. On paper, I’m not actually against it especially when considering Discord’s intentions. Having Twilight and friends deal with some dangerous villains is not a bad way to prove to themselves that they are perfectly capable. Of course, that stuff about capability is worthless because not taking into account that Twilight would always emerge victorious anyways, I have also repeatedly stated that the show has practically proven that Twilight is better than her alleged superiors. So, even if Twilight complained about her victory against Sombra not feeling authentic because Discord had to provide some help, it’s not like her competence is authentic. When considering what happens in-universe, Discord should have planned this out better because he completely let his guard down against the villains, and he unsurprisingly fell to them. Too bad he didn’t notice that the villains weren’t exactly interested in working with anyone else, so he should have expected a betrayal, especially if he kept mistreating them as Grogar. Maybe he could also have given them a fake bell instead of the real deal. On the other hand, if he did have a safety net against this trio, the episode and other events caused by Discord might not be able to happen as they did. So, maybe this twist wasn’t such a good idea as this would create a number of annoying problems in and out-of-universe. There might have been a better way to handle it, but I wouldn’t know what that might be. But as I said earlier, I’m ultimately apathetic to this twist because I was never going to be satisfied with whatever the show did. I suppose that’s how I ultimately feel about this episode: apathetic. I don’t know how I would rank this compared to other 2-parters, but I still wouldn’t even call this good. Such a shame, too. The writers went all out with the stakes and confrontations, but there was no way in hell they could ever have been successful as large-stake episodes have never been their strength. I still have one more episode after this, and I wonder how they’ll handle a single-episode grand finale. I’m sure that previous season finales were produced in a way to also work as something of a series finale in case the show didn’t get another season, so I was honestly surprised when I first saw that the season 9 final didn’t follow suit.
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    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    I'm not against the amulet, at least not in principle. Assuming the show was better at handling the alicorn sisters, I could accept the amulet allowing Twilight to just move the sun and moon as the sisters can use their magic for other purposes presumably out of the other other alicorns' reach, and the amulet only lets Twilight do something specific. Have you watched the last 3 episodes of the show? I'll be covering those eventually.
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    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    The Summer Sun Setback Still disappointed about his minions failing to get the Bewitching Bell, Grogar wants to find another magical weapon to beat “Twilight and her friends.” Does he consider the alicorn sisters to be among Twilight’s friends? Actually, the answer wouldn’t matter since just about anything can sweep the sisters to the side. Too bad he couldn’t use them as some kind of weapon as the sisters would malfunction and explode upon usage. After Grogar leaves, his three lackeys try to figure out how to use the Bell as such a “powerful” weapon is useless if it can’t be used. The same could be said about the alicorn sisters. Cozy Glow thinks that Canterlot may have a library that has the information they desire, and Tirek even muses that, “Celestia and Luna love to hoard information for themselves.” Tirek wisely worded his sentence. Even though Celestia and Luna collected a bunch of literary articles, that doesn’t mean that they actually read the stuff or even learned anything from them. We cut to Twilight in a room at Canterlot, and it seems I may have missed more from the show than I thought. I have no idea if this room belongs to her because she’s also a princess or if she got a new job at Canterlot. She could probably just be using that room temporarily since she was, according to the alicorn sisters, planning the sister’s last Summer Sun Celebration. The answer doesn’t really matter to me. Celestia and Luna are surprised that Twilight isn’t freaking out about her job, and Celestia would be slightly more aware of this if she bothered to spend time doing anything with Twilight. Luna said that this will be the last time Twilight will need to handle the celebration as the sisters will retire at some point before the next summer solstice happens, and Luna’s wording intrigues me because I don’t remember Twilight doing this during any previous episode. I only remember the holiday occurring in “Friendship is Magic” and “Princess Twilight Sparkle,” and Twilight didn’t plan the holiday during those episodes. Unless she handled previous celebrations off-screen, this is the first and last celebration she’ll handle, at least with the sisters around. As the event is about commemorating the sisters, Princess Celestia definitively declares this specific celebration to be the last one so Twilight can leave her own mark on Equestria she succeeds them. Little did Celestia know, Twilight has already made more of a mark than Celestia ever did, and no one will remember or care about the sisters. Or at least no one will remember or care about Celestia because Luna, unlike Celestia, has helped some number of ponies such as with their nightmares. This is a blessing in disguise for Celestia as she wouldn’t want her history recorded because it would be too shameful to acknowledge. Twilight meets with her friends to tell them the news, and she no doubt wants to make a number of changes to the celebration to make it bigger and better if it’s to be the last one. Discord appears after learning about this development and wants to pitch in as he claims to know them longer than anyone else. He was a statue for over 1000 years and didn’t spend any time with them, so what could he possibly know about them? I’m not even sure if he knows them enough to make some jokes about them. Also, he either didn’t know or forgot that Luna was imprisoned in the moon for almost as long. He also claims that Twilight has undergone some “character growth,” and it looks like I missed plenty of it since other characters are surprised at Twilight keeping a cool head. Actually, I don’t think she even panicked that often, but I suppose doing so even a few times can be annoying, so whatever. It’s back to the villains who are now at Canterlot. Chrysalis disguises herself and tries to get inside the castle, but she wasn’t prepared to handle the new security from “Sparkle’s Seven.” Fortunately, Shining Armor’s ideas seem to be working as he wasn’t given much to do in the show. Fortunately, again, the new security wasn’t handled by the sisters (or at least Celestia) as the villains’ work would have become much easier. Unfortunately, Shining Armor’s fortune will be short-lived as the villains will undoubtedly break in anyways because the episode wouldn’t bother featuring them if they were only doomed to fail unless the episode wanted some comedy. Then again, the show has been generous in regards to featuring Celestia’s embarrassing failures because the creative team thought those would be funny. Also, shouldn’t Chrysalis’s failed attempt to break in have made at least some of the guards more suspicious? Chrysalis meets back with her teammates, and Discord conveniently teleports himself and Twilight’s friends to a spot close to the villains. The villains overhear their plans concerning the setup of the event, and Chrysalis then comes up with a new plan by screwing with those plans. Applejack and Pinkie Pie are handling the catering service in the festival, and Braeburn is even present. He’s handling the baked goods that are being served, and I’m surprised that Sugarcube Corner isn’t involved with the foodservice at all since baked goods are its specialty. Suddenly, Tirek absorbs magic from some ponies while hiding in the bushes, and Braeburn thinks that the food might be contaminated after feeling weak losing his own magic as well. This attempt at disruption is actually good on paper, but contaminated food would also create a sick feeling in the stomach, which none of the affected ponies were confirmed to have. One might wonder why Tirek hasn’t gone out to absorb magic from more ponies while he was free, and that’s because he wouldn’t want so many ponies to have become weakened that the Mane 6 (and not Princess Celestia and Luna) would become suspicious about this. And no one knows that he has been freed, so he wouldn’t want to unintentionally draw too much attention to himself before finding the right time to rise to power again. Thankfully, he didn’t waste the opportunity to steal some free food. Meanwhile, Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy meet with some pegasus pony to notify him about making changes to the weather for the festival. After the duo leaves, that pegasus pony freaks out about that sudden and unexpected change, but Cozy Glow appears and offers her help. It seems that Cozy Glow and her activities at the end of season 8 haven’t made headlines since this pegasus pony isn’t curious about her appearance at all. Spike and Rarity approach some unicorn ponies to notify them about Twilight’s requested changes to the fireworks. After his duo leaves, a disguised Chrysalis convinces those unicorns that they have better things to do with their magic. Interestingly, Chrysalis stated that unicorn ponies are the most powerful of the pony species since they can directly wield magic and cast spells. However, the show has stated in its early days that a unicorn pony’s magic is generally specialized in a certain area unless the pony is someone like Twilight or Starlight who specialize in magic itself. Are Chrysalis and that team of ponies aware of this? Back at the Canterlot Castle, Twilight expresses gratitude toward her friends about helping her prepare the Summer Sun Celebration, and then she leaves with Celestia and Luna to learn move the sun and moon with their amulet from “Between Dark and Dawn.” Unfortunately, the remaining Mane 6’s feelings of accomplishment are short-lived as they are notified of disasters occurring after asking for the proposed changes. They even see the weather outside being stormy thanks to Cozy Glow. Of course, Celestia and Luna wouldn’t notice this weird weather, but I wonder how Twilight hasn’t noticed this if she was to practice using the amulet outside. Twilight even reappears shortly and overhears a bit of her friends’ conversation, but her friends sans Applejack refuse to tell her the bad news as they fear her panicky reaction. So, they decide to try fixing everything before Twilight notices anything. They considered asking Discord for help, but he refuses because he knows that the characters won’t learn anything if he solves their problems for them. Is it any wonder why Princess Celestia and Luna were always bad at their jobs? Amidst the chaotic planning, the villain trio deal with a single guard and use his medal to get inside the castle. So, yeah, Shining Armor’s touch up to the security only helped for a short while. At least he was given something even if was almost nothing unlike Princess Celestia who either got literally nothing or lost something. The security by itself would be normally serviceable, but the hole in this case would be directly dealing with major villains as none of them would ever be equipped to do so. Just look at how well Celestia or Luna fared in that regard. The villain trio goes inside the throne room at one point, and one goose inside even awakens. Too bad that goose didn’t wake up the other geese either because the villains weren’t loud enough for him to alarm the others, or the geese are associated with the alicorn sisters who are made of failure, so their failure “sicknesses” infected the geese as well. The goose did follow the trio’s path for a while, but he was never going to find anything because he would just encounter Chrysalis as a goose, and she tells that goose that everything was fine so the villains could continue their business without interruption. They soon break into the Canterlot Library, and Cozy Glow finds the book they were looking for as it conveniently has the picture of a bell on its cover. Why would there be a book specifically dedicated to talking about Grogar’s bell? Is there really that much to say about the bell? It could be about Grogar himself as well, but Grogar should be on the the cover instead. Anyways, she’s able to break the chains covering the book with another book that has a picture of a key on its cover. I have no idea how that works. Couldn’t Tirek or Chrysalis have blasted the chains, or were the chains also enchanted? If the chains were enchanted, there’s no way in hell Celestia or Luna would ever be able to break those chains. In fact, if either of the sisters enchanted the chains, the enchantment would never hold against any kind of force. The respective members of the Mane 6 go back to the other ponies they previously visited in the episode and are having no luck in figuring out what the exact problems are, so they also don’t know how to answer said problems. Actually, I’m a tad confused about RD and the Wonderbolts struggling to deal with the stormy weather as handling the weather is supposed to be one of their strengths unless Cozy Glow threw a one hell of a wrench into the weather machinations. Twilight, Celestia, and Luna eventually notice the event planning going wrong and the rest of the Mane 6 struggling to handle and cover up the problems. Twilight confronts her friends about this, and her friends sans AJ admit that they didn’t want to mention any problems as they were concerned about how she might react. Twilight then counters that not communicating the problem to her would have warranted a similar reaction anyways. It’s a classic example of choosing between letting someone else know about a sudden and unexpected major problem or hoping that someone else won’t find out anything only to inevitably encounter that problem anyways. Of course, being truthful is generally better in these circumstances, but real life knows that actually executing the better answer isn’t always easy or smooth. To her friends’ surprise, Twilight takes this in stride (and freaks out only slightly), and the entire Mane 6 conjure plans to approach the problems. The alicorn sisters even decide to offer their help, but I don’t know how they could be helpful, and I also don’t know why they never decided to offer their help during other troublesome times, but whatever. Next up is a montage of the Mane 6 plus Spike, Celestia, and Luna dealing with the problems of setting up the celebration. Honestly, I’m not sure I understood this montage or how they dealt with the problems. The stormy weather was dealt with like any other stormy weather. I guess the fact that Luna and Discord’s helped with the weather could imply that a team of pegasus ponies wasn’t enough, but I do wonder how much Cozy Glow knows about weather manipulation. Even though she is a pegasus pony herself, that doesn’t mean that she knows everything about weather just like not all unicorn ponies are adept or knowledgeable about magic. She would need to be more than knowledgeable about creating such a huge stormy weather if RD and the Wonderbolts couldn’t answer it. I suppose I could let this one slide if Cozy Glow just threw out too many storm clouds, and more help was simply needed to clear them. However, the solutions to the other two problems weren’t explained well. They never figured out what caused the earth ponies in foodservice to feel weak or that those earth ponies were drained of their innate magic. And Twilight convinced the unicorns that the fireworks were worth the time and effort with a simple talk. Rarity was actually attempting to deal with the unicorns by asking them why they had such a change of heart, and they gave no answer. Chrysalis’s input convinced those unicorns that throwing fireworks was for small fries. While there is plenty to discuss about making the best use of one’s time, efforts, talents, and resources as well as other similarly philosophical topics, this episode clearly wasn’t about any of those, so this conflict instead felt random and out of place. Even the episode seems to notice this as it couldn’t show how the unicorns decided that throwing fireworks was worth their time and efforts again. Eventually, the problems are handled, and the Summer Sun Celebrations starts on schedule with Twilight using the sisters’ amulet to lower the moon and raise the sun without problem. Twilight announces to the crowd about this Summer Sun Celebration being the very last one, and then she tells them that she plans to succeed it with a new holiday known as The Festival of the Two Sisters. I’ll talk about that later. Have Celestia and Luna publicly announced their retirement, by the way? The villain trio is back at Grogar’s lair, and Grogar returns claiming that he has found something that could help his conquest of Equestria. The episode may have been foreshadowing Discord being Grogar as the final scene off the celebration shows Discord thinking that Twilight and friends are “ready for whatever comes next,” and the next scene immediately fades to Grogar walking into his lair and greeting the other villains. On the other hand, this may just be a storytelling device, and that next obstacle Discord was referring to simply could have meant Grogar and pals. The episode ends with the villain trio noting at the ease in which they were able to get the other ponies into conflict with each other. That’s not exactly what happened. The earth ponies were drained of magic, but they otherwise weren’t conflicting with anyone else. Cozy Glow messed up the weather, and that’s it. Other than the pegasus pony in charge panicking, no pegasus pony showed any problems. Only the unicorn ponies got into conflict with another pony, which is only Rarity and literally no one else. It looks like this last scene is foreshadowing the villains’ plans for the 2-part finale, and that’s not a bad way to do so on paper, but there is a problem if an episode misinterprets its own events. Actually, this isn’t an uncommon problem with the show. I’ll talk about what I felt the episode did well. I don’t know how often Twilight got panicky. It has happened in some parts of the show at least when it came to Princess Celestia, and she was still panicky in Celestia’s more than overdue episode “Horse Play.” I don’t recall non-Celestia episodes in which Twilight was panicky, and I’m too lazy to look, so feel free to pitch in. Anyways, showing Twilight being past panicky when encountering a major obstacle is a plus. I did like that minor touch with Twilight still freaking out a little when she finally learned about the truth from her friends, so even though she didn’t give into her emotions, that doesn’t mean she won’t have any immediate reactions. The villain trio still getting along and working as a team from “Frenemies” is worth acknowledging as they don’t even get into any major conflicts with each other, and they communicate their problems to each other like good teammates. However, I can’t say that I cared for this episode, and it should be obvious why. The writers were in a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situation. With the sisters retiring and even leaving soon, how would Twilight continue to honor their legacies long after they inevitably fade from the public’s memories? Nevermind the fact that Luna wasn’t around nearly as long, but whatever. Twilight would remake and rename the holiday into something that more directly observes the sisters. That sounds good on paper, but the show’s flaws have affected this episode too much. Twilight being a competent leader and event planner is fine and all, but what she and the episode want to celebrate is hollow. She wants to continue the Summer Sun Celebration as the Festival of the Two Sisters, and if this show were actually competent at handling alicorns, I would say that this is a reasonable, respectful, and worthy way to observe the sisters’ legacy and their impact on Equestria. But aside from Luna helping with nightmares, what is there about the sisters that is worth celebrating and observing? What do Celestia and Luna even mean to Twilight, her friends, Spike, Starlight, and other ponies? What do Celestia and Luna even mean to each other? There are no answers to any of those questions because the show wasn’t productive with the sisters as individuals, rulers, sisters, or anything. This episode might be at least good if it were better at handling the alicorn sisters, but due to their lousy treatments, anything positive it wants to say the sisters is empty and worthless. If anything, it’s almost disrespectful to the sisters, but how else could the show and episode’s efforts turn out?
  9. If this new generation of ponies will and must acknowledge Friendship is Magic, I wouldn't mind if the references were minor and minimal as even though the show disappointed me as a whole, there were at least some things I liked about it. References to it might be inevitable since it's easily the most popular MLP show
  10. This new movie still takes place in Equestria? I hope it's not in the same continuity as Friendship is Magic because I'm not interested in revisiting that same Equestria. If it isn't in the same continuity, I might be able to go with some references to the previous so. If it's in the same continuity, I wonder how low my interest in the new MLP incarnation will be. Honestly, I'm not even sure how interested I am in this new movie.
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    Hopefully, my following response will sort of answer your question. I think whether something being "objectively good or bad" might be impossible since different people will judge the same work differently, but I do agree that general reception doesn't mean everything as we can still have our own opinions about that work. In the case of Luna, you are right about me wanting the show to do more with her, and that her "spectacles" don't compensate enough. It also doesn't help that in spite of all of that extravagance, she still doesn't serve much of a purpose in similarly extravagant episodes. To explain my dissatisfaction a bit more, I think it's a tad ridiculous that they can show Luna giving big performances, but they tease her inner aspects while failing to deliver when they do attempt to talk about those inner aspects. Ultimately, I can accept that something can be flawed but still liked, even liked a lot or loved. Using Princess Luna as an example again, I didn't find much to like about what the show did with her. I never knew that the one with Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam existed. I am aware of a DTV movie with Daffy Duck playing Scrooge existing, but I haven't seen it. I haven't actually seen that many adaptations of the novel. I knew there were plenty of adaptations, but I haven't made the task of seeing them all a goal.
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    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    They wanted to tell the story of A Christmas Carol in the style of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. How well they did will vary between viewers. I agree with the rest, but expand on this, please. Sorry for the poor wording. I should have said that the writers were at least consistent with a very minor portion of the vague MLP lore. It actually irritates me because they obviously could have shown Celestia and Twilight doing something together if they wanted to. Why they never thought of putting any effort into that concept at any point but followed through with the equally obligatory interactions between Twilight and Starlight is beyond me. I still don't know why they'd prioritize minor Luna-fan-pandering over an insight into her character. I don't remember if that was in any of the adaptations I've seen, though such a scene happening wouldn't look out of place to me since Scrooge slowly drops his hateful heart as he interacts with the ghosts. What other adaptations of the story have you seen?
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    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    I'm willing to cut the episode some slack for not having the exact same main theme as the book as the episode itself was more of a retelling of the original story than an adaptation of it. I still do think that it kept some of the story's major points without tarnishing them. I did say that the episode's attempt at emphasizing the importance of celebrating the holiday was hokey since not doing so somehow meant the end of the world. At least they kept the MLP lore consistent. Too bad they couldn't do the same with the alicorn sisters, but that's another subject. On the other side of the spectrum, there is something to be said about the original story's main theme being more universal. Too bad Twilight sitting down with Starlight is no substitute for Celestia doing the same with Twilight, so no points for the latter concept. I suppose Rarity could've filled the role of Spirit of the Future for the reasons you stated, though Luna wasn't all that flamboyant in the episode unless you also meant a change in presentation. I've never heard of it, and it has been too long since I've seen All Dogs Go to Heaven. Personally, my favorite adaptation/retelling of the story would be Mickey's Christmas Carol. Being short while still conveying all of the story's major points (or at least points from other adaptations) in the past, present, and future definitely gives the special a lot of points. I don't know if this point was in the original book, but I did like the Ghost of Christmas Present showing Scrooge that while Cratchit's life was far from ideal, but he and his family are still much more content with their lives than Scrooge was with his own despite the latter being so wealthy.
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    Another MLP:FIM review thread

    I wanted to edit this sentence, but it looks like I can't, so I'll just have to make a new post. Still, that’s a rather hokey way of trying to convey the importance of spending quality time with others and spreading joy since that means not doing so at one certain point of the year means that Equestria is doomed. It's only necessary because of some evil winter spirits. Otherwise, not having an almost mandatory get-together during the winter wouldn't be the worst thing in the world. Ponies would just figure out other ways to adapt unless there was an actual high-authority figure(s) actively making them miserable, but that would be a different story.